Five Minutes of Fame?

We have been working on this fundraising effort since the fall… all the family thinking of things and setting the wheels in motion.  We pushed hard into it in October, trying to solidify ideas and set goals.

We wrote copious fundraising letters to individuals; to television shows; and to corporations. We endeavored with little success to get the local  Victoria city paper behind Tristan, with none of the offices contacted even bothering a reply.  But eventually a friend “who knew someone at the paper” convinced  that someone to  write a piece about the  family fundraiser in Victoria… the Burger ‘n Beer Nite, as a community event announcement.  Alas, their reporting was less than exact and had to be re-written with corrections, including the date of the event… and it seems  Marion was told “Well, it  probably won’t effect too many people, it’s usually just friends and family that come out to these things anyway…” 

It wasn’t until a young man volunteered “he knew someone” he thought could help, that our efforts moved ahead with astonishing speed.  CTV sent a crew to interview Tristan and Marion at their home and Cheryl Bloxham was their voice on the evening news on Vancouver Island’s CTV newscast.

The evening this was shown on the news…  even the Taylors missed it.  It’s easy to do.  Supper time news, most people are eating supper.  Somehow the message about the time of airing was misunderstood and Marion’s sister in Budapest saw the Youtube version before Marion saw it!  Thankfully, CTV uploads its news pieces on YouTube and even family living abroad could see the newscast and then share it with friends.

We will share that with you now…  Just click on the link…it’s worth watching again even if you’ve seen it before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI1UCTf8eVw

We pursued repeatedly, the city newspaper, realizing that our fundraising goals were so monumental, that we needed much more help than what we could muster among our circle of contacts.  We needed to mobilize a city.  But, the paper declined, citing “If we did it for one, we’d have to do it for everyone–therefore we will do it for no one”.  We were even told by  friends that we should “Face it, this isn’t news”.  Were they right?  Is a  young man fighting for his life and needing help not newsworthy enough anymore?

Had they not heard the story of the beach and the starfish?

The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

‘Son’,the man said, ‘don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!’

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said
‘I made a difference for that one.’

In December, after a classroom of second graders watched the CTV newscast about Tristan, they decided as a class that they would like to take the extra money they might make in their Christmas cookie sale and give it to Tristan.  Mrs. Duffus, their  teacher didn’t influence them to this decision, in spite of the fact that she is a friend of Tristan’s aunt… citing later that her students actually wanted to give Tristan ALL THE MONEY they would earn.  But basically “doubling” their work, they used their “left-over dough” to make cookies to sell to give to Tristan’s Trust Fund….  CTV was invited to join the class with Tristan and his mother Marion on the day the students would present to him their donation…

You can see how that turned out by clicking the link below this picture which was taken when Marion and Tristan went BACK to the classroom with their personal thank you to the selfless students!

Mrs. Duffus' 2nd Grade Class & Tristan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfQMA5rd25U.

Presently YouTube doesn’t seem to be updating the count or when the videos were uploaded…  those numbers haven’t changed for a month–but that’s irrelevant really.

What’s important is that you watch these and totally understand that this is a legitimate and important cause and  that you feel along with us, a sense of urgency in this fundraising process.  These little children felt it and acted on it.  We need all our readers to do that too!  …Because “every drop counts!”

starfish photo: winnond freedigitalphotos
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~ by tristansgiftofhope on January 5, 2012.

One Response to “Five Minutes of Fame?”

  1. […] sundry and getting little positive response, but they keep going. Check out the  blog article “Five Minutes of Fame” for more on this […]

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